I studied art, but wound up working as a guidebook researcher in China and India, before becoming a full time novelist and screenwriter.

My first novel Go (1999), a travel thriller about runaways, was written in a village in the Himalayas.

My second novel, Bad Traffic (2008), is a crime thriller about people smugglers, featuring jaded Chinese cop, Inspector Jian. The book has been published in the UK and the US and translated into German, French, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Turkish. In 2009 it was nominated for the LA Times Book of the Year Award and for the French SNCF prize for crime fiction. A sequel is being written and will be published in 2018.

My third travel related thriller, Border Run, was published in April 2012 in the US and the UK.

I have written a lot of screenplays, and was lucky enough in 2014 to see three of them shot as feature films. The Anomaly is a science fiction action film; Tiger House is a home invasion thriller and Jet Trash is a travel noir based on my novel GO. At the moment I have feature projects in development with Dan Films, Films of London and Trademark Pictures.

I live in London, but spend a good proportion of each year in Asia.